Writer: Roger Nielsen
Nineteen officials with a variety of local government agencies across Georgia achieved Local Finance Officer Certification in the third quarter of 2017 through the Institute of Government’s financial management training program.
The local government finance officers attained certification by taking courses in payroll administration, governmental accounting principles, internal controls, and more. Five earned Level II certificates, and 14 attained Level I status.
Level I certification requires finance officers to participate in 108 hours of instruction about the intricacies of government budgeting, purchasing, accounting, and other public finance topics. Level II Certified Financial Officers receive an additional 84 hours of instruction in intermediate governmental accounting and budgeting principles, internal controls, and revenue administration as well as public finance electives.
Finance officers now can take all seven Level I courses online, making this Georgia’s only online program focusing on local government finance. The entire Level II curriculum is expected to be available online this year.
The Institute of Government’s local financial management training program provides officials with the information and tools they need to establish sound accounting practices and strong financial foundations in their governments. Since the program's inception in 1972, more than 1,600 local finance officers and others have graduated with certificates and almost 3,800 have received training.
The Institute also works with state financial officers through the state financial management program.
Angie Bennett, Clayton County Water Authority
Connie Bowen, Clayton County Water Authority
Sheryl Bowman, Bibb County Superior Court Clerk’s Office
Melissa Carter, City of Savannah
Michelle Collings, City of Marietta
Sage Glanton, City of Atlanta
Tracey Hudson, City of Cochran
Marion Reader, Gwinnett County Government
Rebekah Reddish, City of Port Wentworth
Ashley Simpson, City of Savannah
Wanda Smith, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners
Vicki Wainwright, City of Butler
Hope Weeks, Jackson County Water and Sewage Authority
Rebecca Whitmire, Forsyth County Government
Melody Barnes, City of Fairburn
Shaquita Barnes, Atlanta Public Schools
Dante Braddy, City of Perry
Joanna Payne, Gwinnett County Government
Shona Rollins, DeKalb County Government